Social Corner web part

Social Corner is great to use for a bulletin or message board, social posts, idea directory, shout outs, recognitions, announcements and new employee welcomes.


To use this web part, add it from the web part list to any of your SharePoint page sections:


Configuring web part

When you add the web part to the page for the first time, it will create a new folder inside SitePages library on a current site called SocialPosts. The web part will store all of your new posts in this folder.

NOTE: You can add two or more Social Corner web parts and point them to store posts in different folders. To do that, access the web part properties and set the folder as needed:

The folder will be created automatically in your Site Pages library.

You will also need to give users permissions to Site Assets library on your SharePoint site because that’s where any associated uploads will be stored.

By default, only Page editors can post, but you can change that by following the section below titled Advanced: Allow everyone to post

Show/Hide Elements

You can hide some parts of the post: Post Title, Author, Comments, and Likes. These can be turned on or off in web part properties.

Change Labels & Language

You can change the language and prompts shown to users by going to web part properties and updating the necessary labels as shown below:

Alerts and notifications

Social Corner will notify users if someone commented on their post or if someone replied to their comment.
You can also set up additional notification and alerts just like you would for any other SharePoint page.
Here are steps from Microsoft on how to Create an alert to get notified when a file or folder changes in SharePoint.

Advanced: Managing permissions and archival

Since all posts are stored as pages in SitePages library in a designated folder, you can set permissions the same way you do for other SharePoint pages.

To set expiration and hide older posts check out this tutorial: How to hide posts from Social Corner when they expire

Advanced: Allow everyone to post

If you’d like to allow everyone to post in Social Corner, there are a few steps you need to complete.

  1. First, place a Social Corner web part on the page you like.

  2. In Social Corner web part properties, set Who is allowed to post to Everyone, like this:

  3. Next, let’s create a new Sharepoint communication site where posts will be saved.
    NOTE: Your users won’t have to see this site so you don’t have to make it look good–it is only used as a repository for posts.

  4. When created, copy this new Site URL – a repository site URL, we’ll need it later

  5. Open site access as shown below.

  6. In the Site access permissions field, search for Everyone and select Everyone except external users.

  7. Uncheck the Send Email option and set the permissions to EDIT to let users create posts in this repository site

  8. Click the Share button.

  9. Now, let’s open the SharePoint site where you have your Social Corner web part we added in step 1.

  10. Open the Social Corner web part properties.

  11. Enter the repository site URL you copied earlier as shown below:


  1. Republish the page.

  2. Now every time someone posts to the Social Corner, the corresponding page will be created in the Site Pages of the repository site. This is where you can manage posts.

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